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Indians accept gift victory from AquaSox

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SPOKANE -- It was an inauspicious ending for Marcos Reyna and the Everett AquaSox on Tuesday night.
Reyna was the author of a walk-off hit batter as the Spokane Indians gratefully accepted a 6-5 gift from the Sox in Northwest League play.
Everett never trailed until the game ended in the bottom of the ninth, and the Indians didn't have to do much to score the winning run, achieving it without the benefit of a hit.
With the score tied 5-5 and one out, Reyna walked Ryan Rua. Reyna then threw a wild pitch, prompting the Sox to intentionally walk Preston Beck. Reyna then hit Joe Maloney to load the bases.
Reyna seemed to have recovered, getting a 2-2 count on Saquan Johnson. But then Reyna hit Johnson, too, forcing home the winning run.
Beck and Royce Bollinger each had three hits for Spokane (9-12 second half, 20-38 overall), whine Rua added three runs scored.
Alfredo Morales went 2-for-4 with a homer to lead Everett (9-12, 37-21), which had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Everett starting pitcher Victor Sanchez was back on track. The 17-year-old right-hander from Venezuela allowed seven runs in five innings his last time out. But he was back to his dependable self again Tuesday allowing just one run on five hits and one walk over five innings. He struck out three and was left with a no decision.
Everett scored a pair of unearned runs to grab the lead in the top of the first inning. With two outs and nobody on, Spokane third baseman Rua lost Patrick Kivlehan's grounder in the sun for an error. Two walks followed to load the bases, then Morales grounded a two-run single to right, giving the Sox a 2-0 lead.
Spokane got on the board in the second on Brandon Garcia's sacrifice fly to center.
The Sox got that run back in the fourth when James Zamarripa walked, stole second, advanced to third on Jamodrick McGruder's single and scored on a wild pitch. Everett increased its lead to three with another run in the sixth when Brock Hebert scored on Kivlehan's infield single.
The Indians got it all back in the bottom of the sixth. The first run scored on Barrett Serrato's bases-loaded fielder's choice. Then after Spokane reloaded the bases with two outs, Sox second baseman McGruder couldn't handle Christopher Garia's grounder. Two runs scored on the error to knot it at 4-4.
But Everett wasted no time regaining the lead. On the first pitch to the top of the seventh Morales clubbed a homer to right to make it 5-4.
Spokane tied it up again in the eighth when Garia's grounder to the right side found the hole, scoring Johnson from second to make it 5-5.
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